This essay was originally written for Yahoo and it was published by Yahoo on Oct. 31st 2013.
November is Native American Heritage month and today Native Americans from every tribe across the nation are standing together to protest the pipeline at Standing Rock.
I, am Black and I am Apache Indian and to celebrate my heritage I write this essay about my favorite Hero, Geronimo!
Geronimo was a naturally gifted hunter, who the legend goes, as a young boy swallowed the heart of his first kill in order to ensure a life of success on the hunt. To the Apache tribe Geronimo was the essence of the best and most skilled Indian warriors, he was fearless, clever, ruthless, and honorable as a man of his word. Geronimo proved time and time again that he was the most famous Apache of them all, even among white men.
General Nelson A. Miles wrote in his diary:
“He was one of the brightest, most resolute, determined-looking men that I have ever encountered.
He had the clearest, sharpest dark eye I think I have ever seen, unless it was that of General Sherman.” –General Nelson A. Miles
At the tender age of seventeen Geronimo fell in love with a very beautiful Apache girl named Alope.
The two young teenagers were married and had three children together. One day while out on a trading trip, Mexican soldiers attacked the camp where Geronimo’s family were set up. Geronimo’s mother,wife and children were all killed in the attack. Geronimo was enraged and he rounded up two hundred Apache warriors and for the next ten years he hunted down and killed each and every Mexican soldier that
had a hand in the killing of his family.
The name GERONIMO:
The name Geronimo was given to Geronimo by the Mexican Army; in a battle with the Mexican Army on
the Mexican holiday,(St. Geronimo Day) Geronimo and his warriors beat the crap out of the Mexican Army and from that day forward they called him Geronimo.
His birth name and name his tribe knew him by was GO-YAH-KLA, Goyahkla.
U.S. Paratroopers of World War II saw the 1940 movie GERONIMO the night before mass raining jumps and as they fell from the sky, they all shouted Geronimo.
Finally, I close with a question from Native American, Guy Jones of the Standing Rock Tribe:
“Who cares for the Indian?”
November 1, 2016